Dalmatia is the ancient homeland of grapevine wich was cultivated in this sunny region first by Greeks and Romans and afterwards by Croats. Still two thousand years ago, the greek writer Athenaios described in his "Banquet of scientists" the Dalmatian wines in the following way: "On the island of Vis a wine is produced that no other wine equals".
The entire Dalmatian economical, literary, artistical and political history is closely connected with wine production. In the Middle Ages, free Dalmatian towns Zadar, Šibenik, Trogir, Split and Hvar based their economy mainly on seafaring and wine production.
Viticulture was at its highest peak at the end of XIX century, when annual wine production amounted to 1.800.000 hl, 500.000 of which being exported. Still today viticulture is the main production branch in Dalmatia, as 50% of farmers cultivate grapevine.
The Dalmatian wines belong to the best wines because of plenty of sunshine and rocky soils (limestone and red earth-terra rossa). Today grape distillation is mainly made in modem wine cellars, built after the World War 11.
"Dalmacijavino" Split occupies an oustanding position among the wine production firms.
BOGDANUŠA is a high quality white wine made of the grape son hearing the same name, cultivated in the area of Stari Grad and Jelsa on the island of Hvar. It is worth mentioning that Bogdanuša is an autochthonous sort, which can grow exclusively on this island. It is presumed that in the B.C. period, during the in the place of today' Stari Grad. According to tradition, this wine was served during the church holidays and most probably that is the origin of its name.CHERRY BRANDY DALVIN is liqueur of Dalmatian origin. If is produced on the basis of marasca cherry which has an extraordinary quality, peculiar flavour and aroma. Cherry brandy drink is the natural liqueur traditional in Dalmatian for several centuries and considered as one of the best drinks in the world.
CARSKO VINO is a specially processed selection of famous (first-class) wine POSTUP. A legend says that this selected wine from the peninsula of Pelješac was drunk at Austro-Hungarian emperor's court in Vienna.
DINGAČ is the first Croatian wine protected by International Convention in Geneva. It is made in the restricted area called Dingac, in the south slopes of the peninsula of Pelješac. Dingac is made of partially dried grapes of the grape sort Plavac Mali. Characteristics of Dingac are: dark red colour, developed and distinguishing aroma, full, harmonious and slightly sweet taste. It is best when served with grilled fish, meat or venison.
POSTUP is a famous (first class) wine with geographical origin, made of the grape sort Plavac Mali from the site Postup in the south slopes of the peninsula of Pelješac. It has a full, harmonious aroma and is considered one of the best Croatian wines. For its quality and properties it was awarded the highest prizes at many national and international wine fairs. It is served withvenison, grilled fish and red meat specialties, at temperature between 18 and 22°C.
POŠIP - ČARA is a famous (first-class) wine made of the grape sorts bearing the same name, cultivated exclusively on the island of Korcula, in the locality of Čara. It distinguishes itself for its specific taste and aroma which are the consequences of ideal climatic conditions, specific soil and grape sorts. According to tradition, in 11th century, the inhabitants of Čara headed by sisters and brothers Crnomiri, came into conflict with Venetian prince-regent of the island of Korcula, because they were not willing to give their fertile vineyards as tribute. In the battle that followed the Venetian prince was killed.
VUGAVA is famous (first-class) white wine from the island of Vis, well-known still in the time of Greeks for its viticulture. Vugava is made of the grape sorts bearing the same name, cultivated extensively only on the island of Vis. The Greek writer Athenaios worte in his Banquet of scientists: »On the island of Vis a wine is produced that no other wine equals«.
PROSECCO DIOCLETIAN is a traditional Dalmatian natural desert wine, distilled from the most famous sorts of dry grapes. According to a legend, the Roman emperor Diocletian found great delight in drinking this wine, when in 303 A.D, he abdicated and went to live in his palace in Split. This pleasant dessert of a dark-copper colour with an aroma of matured grapes. It is usually served with desserts and well-cooled, with a slice of lemon, it is a delicious refreshment during the Summer.
AMARETTO DONATELLO, Mediterranean drink, a liqueur made of herbs and plants. According to tradition renaissance artists were first to drink this liqueur. One of them was Nikola Firentinac, apprentice of a very famous sculptor Donatello, who made some magnificent monuments in Dalmatia.
DALMATINSKA LOZOVAČA (Dalmatian Grape Brandy) is distilled from the grape products of the light quality Dalmatian sorts. The traditional distillation and the specific conservation give to this brandy a specific aroma. Dalmatinska lozovača is one of the most popular spirits. Our neighbors in Italy call it "grappa", but the Dalmatinska lozovača differs from it for its specific taste which is the result of the traditional distillation and a special selection of grape sorts.
DALMATINSKA TRAVARICA (Dalmatian grape brandy with herbs) is distilled from the products of high quality Dalmatian grape sorts and carefully chat, sea aromatical and medicinal herbs cultivated on rocky Dalmatian soils. This famous aperitif is very popular in Dalmatia. It is belived that because of medicinal herbs Travarica is a very good remedy for stomach disturbances.